_23623_ wrote:Auf die Barrikaden wrote:As to his Javert: I'm not too fond of tenors for the role in general, and I think he kind of started that for me.
Sorry for the off-topic trivia but...
Why is he a tenor???
I don't want to believe this as he doesn't seem to handle the high notes well. But my question is a sincere one without any sarcasm; I honestly don't know how to classify people into different voice types even though I searched "voice type" in wikipedia immediately after reading this post. Could someone please educate me?
Hehe... Simple question, but it's taken me a while to figure out how to word the answer. Basically, even though Uwe Kröger doesn't seem to be able to hit the high notes like he used to, his comfortable range tends to be higher than that of baritones (e.g. Philip Quast, Earl Carpenter, Michael McCarthy, and so on). What voice type someone is tends to be more about where the voice comfortably sits than it is about the highest and lowest notes they can sing well. Listening to Kröger as Javert compared to someone who's definitely a baritone (like Quast... or, for a German example, Hartwig Rudolz), Kröger's voice seems higher and lighter even though he's singing in the same range as the other Javerts. Hope this explanation helped; and if you have more questions, feel free to ask!
Back on topic...Prisoner 24653 wrote:Speaking of POTO in German... The Hamburg revival transferred to Oberhausen, and interestingly, they've cast Americans to play the Phantom and Christine -- Brent Barrett, who played the role in Las Vegas in 2006-07 (alternating with Anthony Crivello until Barrett left the production and Crivello became the lone principal Phantom there for the rest of the production's run); and Elizabeth Welch, who had been the Christine understudy in the old US Tour and then on Broadway. I'm really liking Welch in German; she sounds like a natural. Barrett, though... In the boots I've heard, he's all over the place with pitch, and his grasp of the language needs a lot of work. Even though I don't speak the language and most of what I know comes from recordings of musicals, his mistakes are pretty clear to me.
The Mirror -- Nicky Wuchinger, Elizabeth Welch
Final Lair Scene -- Brent Barrett, Daniela Braun, Max Niemeyer
Don't speak German either and the majority of my German knowledge comes from musicals as well. It seems that non-native speakers are quite common in German musicals and I sometimes doubt whether they really understand what they're singing. Can't judge their German in the links, but the overacting is so obvious in both audios that I can detect it even without any image.
Hehe, true. I'm a big fan of Lyn Liechty, who is American but has performed in a few German-language shows. She apparently doesn't speak the language, and learned the roles phonetically (much like how Kaho Shimada learned to sing Éponine in English for the Complete Symphonic Recording of LM).
Heh... An audio clip has surfaced of Ben Forster, the new Phantom in London. I have some thoughts on that, but feel free to check out the clip before I spill. lol